The Deaconess Movement rose from within the Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, and other Protestant denominations. It sought to incorporate professional women in ministerial duties. The Chicago Training School was the center of the movement and prepared its deaconesses to serve as missionary nurses, teachers, and social workers. Unlike Catholic sisters, deaconesses took no perpetual vows, but if a woman chose to remain a deaconess and single, she could count on care in times of illness and in old age. These dedicated pioneers earned no salaries, but rather worked in exchange for their living expenses and small stipends supplied by their institutional boards.
|A procession of deaconesses and candidates, May 7, 1914, probably in New York|
Bain News Service photo, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ggbain-15754
|The Montana Deaconess Preparatory School, Helena. The building was damaged in the 1935 earthquake and demolished.|
Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives, 953-410